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Palestinian-born candidate runs for Berlin mayor
BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin's mayor broke ground 13 years ago by winning election after coming out as gay. Now a top candidate to succeed him wants to make history of his own: Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is seeking to become Berlin's first immigrant mayor.... 10/2/2014 6:43 AM

Millions across India join cleanliness campaign
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's prime minister joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people who picked brooms and dustpans Thursday in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets.... 10/2/2014 6:42 AM

Man attacked by shark in Western Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A man was seriously injured in a shark attack in Western Australia on Thursday, officials said.... 10/2/2014 6:29 AM

15 feared dead in explosives factory blast
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Authorities say a blast at an explosives factory in northwestern Bulgaria may have killed as many as 15 people.... 10/2/2014 6:15 AM

Anger mounts as Kashmir floodwaters subside
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- As floodwaters ripped through Indian-controlled Kashmir, Abdul Majeed spent five days holed up with his family in their attic, watching helplessly as army helicopters plucked tourists from hotel rooftops and government boats ferried officials to safety.... 10/2/2014 6:02 AM

Filipinos express support for Hong Kong protest
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Filipinos opposed to Chinese claims in the South China Sea expressed support Thursday for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, saying Beijing should not use force to stop the protests in the global financial hub or in resolving its territorial disputes with the Philippines.... 10/2/2014 5:55 AM

Australia lifts Ebola donation to $16 million
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to 18 million Australian dollars ($16 million) on Thursday, but resisted demands to send personnel.... 10/2/2014 5:39 AM

China warns of chaos if Hong Kong protests persist
HONG KONG (AP) -- China warned of "chaos" and threw its weight behind Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday.... 10/2/2014 5:32 AM

Latest suicide attack in Afghanistan kills 3
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials say that a suicide bomber has killed three army officers and wounded seven others in Kabul, a day after two such attacks killed 11.... 10/2/2014 4:53 AM

AP PHOTOS: Trash pickers worry about end of dump
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the huge dump in Brazil's capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell.... 10/2/2014 4:06 AM

Alleged Beltran Leyva cartel boss nabbed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant.... 10/2/2014 4:04 AM

Venezuelans looking to 'Holy Thugs' for protection
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- They gather in the cemetery, sometimes by the dozens, kneeling in prayer, drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes as offerings to the small statue of the long-dead robber Ismael.... 10/2/2014 4:00 AM

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.... 10/2/2014 3:32 AM

IOC on Rio: 'Lot of progress' but schedule 'tight'
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have made "a lot of progress" in the last six months but the schedule "remains tight," the head of the IOC's inspection team said Wednesday.... 10/2/2014 12:51 AM

Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons
MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants.... 10/1/2014 11:51 PM

AP NewsAlert
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico federal officials say alleged cartel capo Hector Beltran Leyva believed captured.... 10/1/2014 10:57 PM

Jamaica sets campaign to develop sports tourism
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica is launching an initiative to develop sports tourism on the island that is the world's dominant sprinting hothouse.... 10/1/2014 10:45 PM

Mexico's probe of army slayings raises doubts
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- For more than two months, Mexico did little to explain how a Mexican army patrol escaped practically unharmed from a gunfight that left 22 suspected criminals dead in a grain warehouse. This week, officials changed their story to say soldiers may have committed murder, but questions about the lop-sided confrontation remain.... 10/1/2014 10:35 PM

Soldiers, drug gang battle in Rio de Janeiro slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian soldiers and drug gang members have engaged in an intense and prolonged gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum that killed at least one person.... 10/1/2014 10:32 PM

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.... 10/1/2014 10:31 PM